Giving you the music a day early:
T-Model Ford is, literally, a living legend. A Mississippi bluesman who crosses the juke joint blues of the North Mississippi hill country with electric Delta blues, Ford is known for his raw, front-charging guitar, leading backing band GravelRoad, and the old master of the blues and his young backing band come to White Water Tavern. It’s a show not to be missed. The music starts at 10 p.m. What Ford will bring to White Water is his real blues sound, a mingling of Ford’s rough vocal style and his raw-edged guitar playing, sparse but rhythmic.
As a child, a fellow neighborhood child once pulled me aside and had me listen to a cassette tape of rap. I didn’t understand too much of it, something about horns and nibbling like a rat does cheese, but I knew it was dirty, foul-mouth music, and I loved it. Of course, it was 2 Live Crew‘s “Me So Horny,” a rap classic of the late ’80s, a time when hip hop wasn’t all about the bling and boasting. 2 Live Crew come to the Rev Room for a night which promises to border on the riotous with their oh-so-dirty Southern rap. The opening acts are a couple of local acts, Da Saw Squad and VJ G Force, kicking off the music at 9 p.m. Tickets are $20 for the 18-and-up show.
Here’s a little something to know about Blues on the River at Riverfest Amphitheater. Headliner Bobby Rush is going to bring it. And by bring it I mean the man is going to incite a dance party in the River Market with his high-octane blues/soul hybrid creation. And it helps the Mississippi-based artist includes in his band two female dancers who can shake it like no other. It’s not just the Rush show though, as the all-afternoon and night blues extravaganza includes Floyd Taylor, Ms. Jody, Sweet Angel, L.J. Echols, Gwen White and what organizers are calling a surprise guest. Gates open at 2 p.m., and tickets are $25 in advance and $30 day of show.
It’s the 30th anniversary of Toad Suck Daze in downtown Conway on Friday through Sunday and beyond a golf tournament, children’s pet show, toad races, 5K/10K runs, a carnival, softball tournament and more, there’s a whole weekend of live entertainment. Saturday’s lineup includes country singer/songwriter Jerry Jeff Walker; and Sunday’s music includes Christian artist Shawn McDonald. And it’s all free.
Here’s T-Model Ford with “Sallie Mae”: